Government announces new redundancy measures

It was announced this morning.

The Government has announced a new social welfare payment for people who have lost their jobs since the pandemic.

Special measures put in place at the beginning of the pandemic meant anyone laid off temporarily or put on shorter hours could not claim redundancy.

It was put in place to relieve some of the burden on employers and reduce the number of job losses.

This move will be reversed from September 30.

Following the weekly Cabinet meeting today, Ministers announced the State will make a special payment of up to a maximum of €1,860, to workers who have lost out on reckonable service while temporarily laid off over the course of the pandemic and who are made redundant.

Speaking at the announcement, local TD and Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys said the measure ensures “that we restore people’s right to claim redundancy while also ensuring that businesses are not unduly impacted”.

The scheme is expected to cost between €30 million to €130 million over the next three years.